FANAC: Science Fiction Fan History – Latest Photos & Scanned Zines

Ready for your close up? Maybe it’s already online, check photos from the SMOFcon 34, Rosemont, Illinois, 2016. Many of these were taken by Rick Katze. Thanks Rick! The rest were taken by Edie Stern. We also put up a batch of photo from Tropicon 19, 2000, including many South Florida fans. These are from the collection of Joe Siclari. If you can identify the folks marked as ???, please let us know who they are. It’s easy to fill in an update form. You’ll see the “Click Here” button near the caption.

More fannish news from ’79-’83 thanks to Mark Olson’s scanning, we’ve added many more issues of Mike Glyer’s File 770. Check out file770.com.

Thanks to the scanning of Richard Lynch, we have 18 issues of CHAT, the newszine of the Chattanooga Science Fiction Association. With co-editor Nicki Lynch, the zine also covered fannish news of the region and the nation.

Today’s update includes Ron Bennett’s TAFF report. The report was published in 1961 and covers his TAFF trip in 1958. Want to see what fandom was like almost 60 years ago? Read the report.

We have added the latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society’s newsletter The MT Void, Vol. 36, No. 13, that was sent to us by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thank you both

Added the latest issue of John Thiel’s Ionisphere. Thanks!

Added issues 27 and 29 of the 40s cardzine QX. These issues happen not to be cards, and are not dated, but I think they are from 1945. Warning – these are not the best zines of the run. Scanning courtesy of Joe Siclari.

Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues 392, 391, 43, 42.5, 42.1 & 42 of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

Why Massacres Are ALWAYS Terrorist Acts

Many people have a very narrow definition of terrorism – it’s always related to a political stance. So 9/11 was a terrorist act, as were the car attacks in France and Germany and the shooting massacres in Mumbai and Paris.

And it’s interesting that all of those were related to Islamic terrorists. Because, in America, there is the common belief that terrorists have to be brown male Muslims to be “real terrorists.”

I don’t believe that.

I believe the act of a mass shooting, mass bombing or car attack by a disaffected person of any gender, race, religion, or ethnic background is a terrorist attack. Those random attacks on people they don’t know are meant to inspire terror and fear. Anyone called a lone wolf, which which American mass murderers are typically called, is really a terrorist.

Yes, the Las Vegas massacre was a terrorist act, as was Pulse, as was Sandy Hook, as was Virginia Tech, as was Oklahoma City, as were the Unibomber bombings well, the list goes on.

So long as our government is only looking at the danger of Muslim terrorists, they will continue to ignore the murders enabled by our government’s lenient view on the danger of guns, particularly the danger of semi-automatic and automatic weapons that some nutjobs are able to get and use.

Why do you think, in most terrorist acts in Europe in recent years, terrorists used knives and trucks and not guns? Guns are restricted in much of Europe, meaning gun deaths are not nearly as common there as they are here, whether by terrorists or everyday criminals. http://www.humanosphere.org/science/2016/06/visualizing-gun-deaths-comparing-u-s-rest-world/.

How many more massacres will we have in this country before the Congress and our state legislators stand up to the NRA and say enough is enough!

When you write about these massacres, never use the murderer’s name and never care about their “rationale” for murder. Don’t give them additional publicity. Only talk about the location of the murders, and what we must do to fight these terrorists – pass better gun and ammunition laws. And elect legislators with the guts to stand up to the NRA.

#LasVegasMassacre #ActForVegas #PassSaneGunLaws

Some folks on Twitter have done a good job in reminding us that, in some state law, there is no connection between the political/religions/ethnic beliefs of a person and terrorist murders like those committed in Las Vegas on 10/2/2017. Here is the definition of terrorism for in the laws of the state of Nevada:

More details on Nevada laws about terrorism.

US law definition of domestic terrorism:

More details on US laws about domestic terrorism.

The CIA view of terrorism is slightly different.

FANAC: Science Fiction Fan History: Latest Features & Scanned Fanzines

It’s 25 years since MagiCon! To celebrate, we’ve uploaded a video of MagiCon Guest of Honor Vincent Di Fate speaking on “Science Fiction, Spirit of Youth” This far ranging talk includes an illuminating discussion of Frank R. Paul and how he affected the field. Vin also talks about his own influences, and science fiction film. At a 1980s Tropicon, Vin’s Guest of Honor speech centered on being a science fiction guy. That enthusiasm comes out loud and clear in this video. Check it out!

MagiCon was the first project of FANAC, Inc. and eventually provided the seed money for the Fan History Project. Our Guests of Honor were Jack Vance, Vincent Di Fate and Walt Willis. To see our photos from the convention, click here. Mike Glyer has celebrated the anniversary by republishing his contemporaneous convention report at File 770.

We have fond memories of the Enchanted Duplicator miniature golf course, of the amazing History of Art retrospective led by GoH Vincent Di Fate, and of our Fan Lounge, which people have said is the standard by which all subsequent fan lounges are judged. At the closing ceremonies we celebrated the field by creating a time capsule, which was surprisingly emotional. After a quarter of a century, we’re planning to open it soon. soon. Watch this space.

We have updated the Fanac Names Cross Reference. There are currently 25,082 names in these listings.

Added 5 more issues of Mike Glyer’s newszine File 770 from 1978 and 1979 thanks to the scanning of Mark Olson.

We have added the latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society’s newsletter The MT Void, Vol. 36, No. 11 sent to us by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thank you both.

We have added 27 issues of Bob Tucker’s seminal humor zine Le Zombie. Combined with news and gossip, this “Ghoul’s Ghazette” was a must read of the time, and is still entertaining. He often quoted people or commented in such a way that the feuds of the day were clearly exposed. Lee Hoffman was Bob’s fannish granddaughter, and we have added all 3 issues of her 1956 history zine Fanhistory. You might notice a similarity in the covers for Fanhistory and in the covers of Lee’s earlier focal point zine, Quandry.

Want some truth? Some Cheap Truth? 16 issues of the Vincent Omniaveritas (Bruce Sterling) fanzine from the mid80s are now online. Scanning is thanks to Joe Siclari.

Thanks to Joe’s scanning, we also have added news of the day. For days in March 1947, see Tympany 2.

For Australian days in May 1959, see Merv Binns’s Australian Science Fiction Newsletter 3. For more Australian news, this time from October 1978, we have Merv Binns’s Australian SF News 5. If you like your Australian news more media oriented, we’ve added the first issue of Sweetness and Light.

For news of Europe, we’ve put up 6 issues (mostly from 1984) of Shards of Babel.

George Phillies sent us a PDFs of the September & August 2017 issues of The National Fantasy Fan Federation’s The National Fantasy Fan. Thanks George.

Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #389, #390, #41.1B, #41.1C, #41.1D.pdf (5.4 MB), and #41.5 (5.1 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

FANAC Science Fiction Fan History: Latest Features & Scanned Fanzines

Thanks to Jack Weaver, our site builder and webmaster for FANAC’s first 20 years, we have a new FANAC.ORG feature! If you look at the fanzine list (either classic pre-1980 or modern post-1980) you’ll see a count on the right of how many issues are online at fanac.org and an indicator if the fanzine is new or updated, or if the run of fanzines is complete. Check it out!

Back to the 40s–we’ve added 26 issues of the newszine FanewsCard from late 1943 – mid 1944. Scanning courtesy of Joe Siclari. Thanks Joe!

We have added the latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society’s newsletter The MT Void, Vol. 36, No. 7 that was sent to us by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thank you both

News today about Western North American fandom in David Nee’s Sanders. We’ve added 12 issues from 1971 and 1972. Scans by Joe Siclari.

Six issues of Mike Glyer’s File 770 and one 1991 issue of the European newsletter Shards of Babel Scans by Mark Olson.

We added a small picture of Carol Hoag, http://www.fanac.org/worldcon/IguanaCon/w78a024.jpeg Iguanacon registration head, thanks to Tim Kyger.

Adding a few more issues of various newszines. Issue 4 of Vince Clarke’s Science Fantasy News from 1949. Two issues of Graham Stone’s Science Fiction News from 1985. That last is from Australia. Want to know more about these people? Check out the articles about them in Fancyclopedia.

Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #387, #40.1, #40.2, #40, #388, #40.2, #40.5, & #41.1A of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

News and anecdotes (including one about Isaac and Harlan) from 1953 in 9 issues of a newly scanned fanzine Saturday Morning Gazette. This was edited by John Mangnus, and scanned by Joe Siclari. The editor’s nickname for the magazine? “Smug.”

We added the August issue of Leybl Botwinik’s CyberCozen. Thanks, Leybl!

Mark Olson has been scanning. Thanks to him we have issue 15 and issue 17 of Pete Weston’s Speculation. Thanks Mark!

Good Quotes: Nazis Are Like Cats

Nazis are like cats.

If they like you, it’s probably because you’re feeding them.

John Oliver (to Donald Drumpf) on This Week Tonight 8/13/2017, day after a white supremacist terrorist murdered 1 & maimed 19 in Charlottesville, VA with his car.

Pennsylvania Mule (a drink, not a deer)

A few months ago, I stumbled over Commonwealth’s Gregarious Ginger Cider, a wonderfully gingery apple cider from a Philadelphia cidery.  While I’m not a big fan of hard liquor, my husband is so we have several bottles of Pittsburgh’s Wigle Whiskey. So I’ve invented a drink that has combines these fine drinks from the east and the west of Pennsylvania:

6 oz Commonwealth Gregarious Ginger

1 oz Wigle Whiskey

lime wedge

 

Pour over ice and drink  – it’s DELICIOUS!